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  • Rocky says:

    Thanks for the reviews. Im going on a cruise later in april and i’ve been looking into HD pocket camcorders and rugged point and shoots, so this is a great summarization. So far i’m really interested in the nikon and lumix one. I do have a budget so im leaning towards the Lumix one but from other reviews, the Nikon produces much sharper images. I do have a DSLR for taking pics but i am looking for something that takes videos too. Which one would you prefer?

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Rocky, I think for general use, either one of these cameras will do the job. Overall, the Nikon is rated as a better camera for features and image quality. Plus, it handles low light better than the Lumix. I guess it depends on what you’ll do with the shots. If you’re just going to stick them on the web, then save money and go Lumix. If you want higher resolution shots for bigger online viewing and printing, then go Nikon. Hope that helps, thanks for reading.

  • SBGrad says:

    I got the Nikon because, well, my dslr is Nikon. It’s been to the south Pacific and also to the highest point in the continental US. It did fine underwater, never had a leak problem– just make sure camera is completely DRY before you open it up. One thing to look out for (with ANY underwater camera) once you get out of the water, make sure the lens is dry before you take out-of-water pix. I forgot once or twice and was rewarded with waterspots on my pictures. Don’t forget a floating leash if your camera goes to sea.

    Climbing Mt Whitney, I just stuck it in a pocket in my pants and it was always there if I wanted it.

    It’s not a dslr, you’re not shooting raw, can’t see a histogram, etc, but it does the job for water/adventure shooting when space is an issue.

    Samples here:

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